David Michael Draiman

David Michael Draiman


3/13/1973, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York

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David Michael Draiman


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David Draiman, lead singer of the band Disturbed , started his own record label, almost went to law school, has many degree's from college, and many more. David comes from a Jewish family although he practices no religion. He has done a lot in his life but David…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In October 22, 2006. David presented the "Best with Less" award (Best Low-Budget Horror Film) on Fuse's Chainsaw Awards.

    • In London, Draiman had surgery to repair his septum that made breathing difficult for him, causing the band to miss several shows. The damage that rendered him over the last few years, was successfull after his operation that was completed on August 15th 2006.

    • David has brought back Music as a Weapon tour which will kickoff starting in November of 2006.

    • David admits to living the rock star groupie lifestyle. He says that it is far too difficult to maintain an actual steady relationship while dealing with all the extensive touring. David is the only band member who is single.

    • In 2003, David, Dan Donegan (guitarist), and Mike Wengren (drummer) of the band Disturbed started a record label called Intoxication Records.

    • David highly considered law school before joining a band.

    • David attended Loyola University where he triple majored in Business Administration,Political Science, and Philosophy.

    • The album Believe was David's way to responding to his grandfather's death.

    • David's grandfather was a holocaust survivor.

    • David initially left his family and beliefs behind to become a rockstar.

    • David's earlier performances was at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago. Where he performed at school assemblies and got thrown off stage.

    • David did an outstanding performance at his brother's wedding in Jerusalem.

    • Has a brother named Ben. Ben and his wife resides in Jerusalem.

    • David Draiman is the lead singer of the band Disturbed

  • Quotes

    • David: After three records, and doing this for 10 years, if we don't know what we're doing by now, we shouldn't be doing it. That's the God's honest truth. There was a reason we went with the same producer for three records in a row we enjoyed our relationship with him and still do. But we think we've learned everything that we need to learn, and we can do it. No offense meant to Johnny, because he's very good at what he does. We just wanted to take a shot at it ourselves.

    • (David talks about the live versions of his songs)
      David: We've become the type of band you can count on to pull off live versions of the songs that sound close enough to what you hear on the record," he explained. "But after awhile, it kind of gets monotonous, playing the same versions over and over again — especially the hits you have to play every show. So, making it a little bit different, giving people a little something they didn't expect and keeping the show fresh is very important.

    • (David speaks about the November 2006 Music as a Weapon Tour)
      David: We bring out all the bells and whistles it's our stadium run. The bill is really strong, and we're looking into pyrotechnics this time around, as well as different stage setups, different versions of songs, solos, extended sets. It's going to be the big rock show that people expect from us. You have to keep raising the bar each respective year. It gets more and more difficult to do that, but it's definitely going to be one big, crazy rock show this year.

    • David Draiman:
      The cover song "Shout." It's about voicing your displeasure and yelling it out, shouting it out, not sitting back and taking it.

    • David Draiman: Yeah, every week there seemed to be more and more people at Ozzfest to catch us and they started singing along, like they knew the whole album. Wow, that was such a mind-blowing feeling. It was just kind of strange.

    • David Draiman: It's multifaceted, the message to our music. It's not just that. It's about individuality, development of self, finding things in life that you can be passionate about.

    • (David states that he's always invisioned a band name like Disturbed.)
      David Draiman: It had been a name I have been contemplating for a band for years. It just seems to symbolize everything we were feeling at the time. The level of conformity that people are forced into was disturbing to us and we were just trying to push the envelope and the name just sorta made sense.

  • Disturbed Nominated For A Grammy Award!

    Disturbed Nominated For A Grammy Award

    December 3, 2008 - Burbank, CA - Reprise Records' Disturbed received their first Grammy Award nomination today in the Best Hard Rock Performance Category for their song "Inside The Fire" from their current album Indestructible.

    Indestructible was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America just six weeks after its June 3rd release. It has spawned the hit single "Inside the Fire," set a record when it spent 16 weeks atop the Active Rock Radio chart. Their current single/title track, "Indestructible," is currently Number 2 on the Billboard Active Rock Chart.


    Disturbed have just announced new tour dates in the US for January and February of 2009. Head over to the tour section for the dates!moreless